Civic Engagement Director

222 8th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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Job Description

San Francisco Rising (SFR) is looking for a full-time Civic Engagement Director to develop and implement SFR’s strategy & vision to build the organization’s field programs and organizing campaigns. We seek a team player who is excited to provide strategic leadership for campaigns about civic engagement, debt-free college education, grassroots democracy, affordable housing, and more. This role will build out systems and strategies for electoral, policy, and budget campaigns that grow organizers, team leaders and canvassers into active and powerful leaders to win important fights facing working-class communities of color in San Francisco. This role will represent SFR in various regional and statewide power-building organizations.


About SF Rising

San Francisco Rising is an alliance of long-standing (15-50 years old) grassroots organizations organizing Black, Latinx, Chinese, and Filipinx communities in San Francisco for housing & worker rights, environmental & racial justice, and youth & women’s empowerment. We came together to build the political power of our communities to win lasting change on a broad set of issues. We have helped win a $15 minimum wage, Free City College, stronger renter protections, and Sanctuary protections for immigrants.

The ideal candidate is an effective and experienced organizer who is ready to be a part of a small but mighty team. SFR is a collaborative and supportive work environment, committed to developing the leadership and skills of our staff through coaching, supervision, and intentional staff development opportunities. The position is based in the Bay Area and requires in-person office and field work.

This position may be shared between SF Rising and SF Rising Action Fund. This position would be supervised by the Executive Director.


Civic Engagement Field Programs

  • Provide leadership for all SFR field campaigns, including volunteer and paid programs for phone banks, canvasses, and mobilizations
  • Design and implement civic engagement field programs in coordination with statewide coalitions, labor partners, or local partners
  • Supervise a Field Organizer and oversee hiring, supervision, and training of temporary election employees or campaign staff
  • Analyze data and field program results to track progress in voter contact universes, and evaluate effectiveness of scripts and field program methodology
  • Leverage innovative voter contact tools and integrate them into the field plan
  • Develop and manage campaign & program budgets
  • This may include candidate and ballot measure work related to SF Rising Action Fund, the sister 501c4 organization

Base Building & Campaign Development

  • Lead organizational base-building strategy, training for staff and leaders, and building organizational infrastructure for scaling impact
  • Lead strategy, planning, implementation, and evaluation of issue-based and electoral campaigns, including local budget advocacy work.
  • Build a powerful grassroots membership and leadership base of students and adults, increasing to 500 members in the next 2 years
  • Together with senior leadership, support the implementation and evaluation of SFR’s student organizing strategic plan which includes a base building program, civic engagement, and campaign development
  • Represent SFR in local, statewide, and national coalition spaces related to base building, civic engagement, power building, and student organizing sectors

Organizational Leadership

  • As a member of the Directors Team, help set the strategic direction for the organization
  • Support organization-wide activities as needed such as fundraising, events, etc
  • Cultivate relationships with labor, community, and political allies
  • Support funder cultivation, proposal writing, and fundraising for the organization


  • Commitment to racial, gender, economic and environmental justice, grassroots organizing, and building social movements
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience
  • Minimum 2-3 years supervision and management experience
  • Experience facilitating group spaces and leadership development
  • Experience leading electoral field campaigns and issue campaigns
  • Grassroots organizing or base building experience highly desired
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish or English/Chinese desired, but not required
  • Ability to follow through on tasks in a timely manner
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Effective project management skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong computer skills, proficient in Google Suite and Microsoft Office
  • Demonstrates a deep commitment to learning and continuous learning for self and others.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

  • The position is based in the Bay Area and requires in-person office and field work.
  • Some irregular hours are required, including nights and weekends (especially during election season).
  • Applicants must be able and willing to travel for work.
  • Able to work on a computer, including sitting at a desk, for extended periods of time with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Manual dexterity to operate a keyboard.
  • Able to see or read a computer screen and printed material with or without vision aids
  • Able to speak clearly and in audible tones on the phone and in-person and be understood by others.
  • Able to hear and understand speech at normal levels and on the telephone.
  • Able to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 10 pounds.

How to Apply

Submit resume, cover letter (combined in one PDF) through this job portal:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a goal of filling the position as soon as possible. Applications outside of the ADP job portal will not be considered.

San Francisco Rising is a fiscally sponsored project of the Chinese Progressive Association. Chinese Progressive Association contracts with Resilient Strategies LLC for backend and operational support including hiring and employment. Resilient Strategies is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Folks who are queer, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled, parents, are/have been system-impacted, are immigrants, and anyone who has experienced systemic oppression and/or gender-based violence are encouraged to apply. Pursuant of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $75,000.00 - $85,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Patient demographics:

  • Adults


  • Evenings as needed
  • Weekends as needed

People with a criminal record are encouraged to apply


  • Driver's License (Preferred)

Ability to Commute:

  • San Francisco, CA 94103 (Required)

Ability to Relocate:

  • San Francisco, CA 94103: Relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in San Francisco, CA 94103

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